We’re learning about the letter N, so I thought it would be fun to create a game that would allow us to do some squirrel-themed math using some of the mixed nuts we bought from the bulk bin at the grocery store. We call this fall math game for preschool and kindergarten Nuts about Math!
First I created a set of 30 problem cards. Ten are level 1, ten are level 2, and ten are level 3. For level 1, think very basic preschool math. Here’s a sample:
Level 2 is just a little harder.
And level 3 is more of a kindergarten (and sometimes first grade) level. But you may have a preschooler who is ready for the challenge!
I printed all the cards with a cute squirrel on the back of each one.
I set the bowl of mixed nuts next to the cards. As my kids drew a card, they attempted to answer the question. If they were correct, they got that number of nuts from the bowl. (If you want to go cheap, shelled peanuts is a much better option. However, my kids did enjoy the variety.)
I gave my Three only the level 1 cards. He played opposite his older brother (age 5) who played with the level 2 and 3 cards. However, this stretched the patience of my Three – next time I would play with just him and me.
My Six loved playing the game with me while the boys were outside watching Daddy mow the lawn. Even though the cards were very easy for her (except for a few of the level 3’s), she wanted to play several times and was happy to read the cards for my Five later.